What's on Tap: This Week at Drinking Liberally Raleigh

"What's on Tap" is a weekly round-up of stories and links that may be interesting to Drinking Liberally patrons. This week, it is coming to you from autumnal Birmingham, Alabama.

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This week: Raleigh Rally to Restore Sanity; food deserts in Raleigh; a massive election roundup; and "peacekeeping" in Haiti. Come on inside!

[Ed. note: The opinions and suggestions for action are those of the author. Living Liberally does not endorse specific candidates, policies, or courses of action.]


  • The election is only one week away. What are you doing to help?

    Donate. Phone bank. Follow.

  • If you want to give to a candidate and have your money work in this election (instead of to pay down debt), you must give by Thursday. Help Daily Kos' Orange to Blue project reach $1 million, or give to the candidate of your choice. Remember, small dollars can count large.
  • Gov. Perdue wants to streamline state rules and regulations, dumping the ones that aren't working. Tell her what you think.
  • Join the Raleigh version of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. at Tir na nOg downtown.

Local & State


  • It's the last roundup before the election, so there is a lot to cover.
    • DE-Sen: GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell has admitted to illegally using campaign funds to pay the rent on her townhouse. Too bad the FEC is toothless or this might actually be a crime.
    • NV-Sen: Why are Republican congressional candidates being allowed to get away with lying to the press, misdirecting the press, or shutting out the press completely?
    • AL-02: The DCCC has spent over a million dollars to save the seat of execrable Blue Dog freshman Bobby Bright - more than spent on any other Democratic incumbent or challenger. If the Republicans retake the House, Bright will be the first one in line to switch parties. Chris Van Hollen is not a genius.
    • MN-05: Tea Party Nation wants to retire freshman Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison. Why? "He is the only Muslim member of [C]ongress." Not true - Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) is also Muslim.
    • CA-Gov: The timing plus the content make this Jerry Brown ad one of the most devastating political ads of the year.
    • CO-Gov: I've coverered it here before, but Republicans are at risk of being relegated to third party status until 2014 unless GOP nominee Dan Maes breaks 10% of the vote. The latest poll? 5%.
    • MI-St. House 99: Why is this race on this roundup? Why, for the most gratuitous uses of the word "homosexual" in one 90-second robocall, of course.
    • Eight false things that Americans "know" about Democrats and Republicans prior to election day. This is important stuff - use it to refute your crazy relatives! (Example: the deficit actually declined 9% from 2009 to 2010.)
    • Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell: The single most important goal for Senate Republicans is not job creation, or national defense, or even revamping health care or tax cuts for the rich.
      "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
  • 2,500 guns sold by Maryland retailer Realco have been tied to crimes in the last 18 years, including 86 homicide cases. One percent of gun retailers in Virginia are responsible for two thirds of all crime guns in the state.
  • Democratic leadership in New York state is under fire for corruption in the awarding of a casino contract. Criminal charges could follow.
  • Researchers in Maryland have discovered taste receptors in the lungs. Exposure to bitterness causes constricted muscles in the lungs to relax quickly, providing new hope for asthma sufferers.
  • Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, is at its lowest level ever.
  • Today's lesson in never giving up: Jonathan Byrd wins this week's PGA tournament on the fourth playoff hole. Against two other players. With a hole-in-one. It's the first ace to win a professional tournament in nearly a century of play in America.
  • This week in homophobia: old white retired general (Hugh Shelton) believes that the US military is the best in the world. And if "we want to stay that way," we can't let gays and lesbians fight for us. Because America has never lost a war to openly serving gays and lesbians.
  • Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campgaign saw its overall revenue decline by 17% from 2009, while President Joe Solomonese's salary was frozen at over $300,000 per year - probably to protect him from a pay cut.


  • Yes, that is a UN "peacekeeper" in Haiti pointing a gun at a freelance journalist from Texas.
  • More than 200 Haitians have died in a cholera outbreak, the latest disaster to strike the country. Over a million people still live in tents and other permanent camps after January's earthquake, and sanitary conditions are very poor.
  • Thirteen men at a drug recovery center in Tijuana, Mexico were murdered by attackers with automatic rifles. The attack may have been in response to the seizue of 134 tons of marijuana in the city last week.
  • 7.5 earthquake in Indonesia on Monday apparently causes little damage or injuries. Meanwhile, Indonesians in central Java are being warned to evacuate as the alert for volcano Mount Merapi has been put at its highest level.
  • The French general strike is costing the economy more than half a billion dollars a day.
  • Six FIFA officials have been suspended in an unfolding bribery investigation over which nations will host the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups.
  • The 31-year-old Walkman has been officially retired by Sony.

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